On this combination tour of incredible Australia and New Zealand we will experience the best these countries “down under” have to offer.
Home to some of the world’s most dramatic sights, both island nations offer an amazing variety of landscapes, historic sites and natural attractions. Whereas Australia is ruled by an interior desert and vast coastline, New Zealand is rich in waterfalls, towering mountain ranges, dense green jungle and geological wonders.
We first visit Australia, and begin in Sydney where we will enjoy a city tour featuring the iconic Opera House and take a delightful harbour cruise. Then we head for the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Cairns, where we take a catamaran cruise to the most spectacular sections of the reef, enjoy a scenic train journey through the tablelands to Kuranda and visit a rainforest and Koala Wildlife Park. in Australia's 'red centre' we see the magical monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about the outback in Alice Springs.
We then head to New Zealand, a breathtaking and diverse land of jagged mountains, rolling pastures, steep fjords and pristine lakes. We start with Auckland on the North Island (New Zealand’s biggest city), known as “The City of Sails” with more sailboats per capita than anywhere else in the world. We will marvel at the glow worms of Ruakuri Caves, enjoy a special BBQ lunch, explore the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua and learn of the Maori legends and traditions during a performance and typical “hangi” feast. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without enjoying a sheep shearing demonstration and the chance to watch the remarkable sheep dog trials, which we will see before flying to the South Island. Here we visit Queenstown, one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand. With its waterfront promenade surrounded by mountains, it looks like an impressive picture postcard! We will take an evening cruise from this scenic spot to the elegant Walter Peak Sheep Station, join an awe-inspiring cruise in spectacular Milford Sound and visit charming Dunedin to see historic Larnach Castle.
Join us on this carefully planned tour for a “trip of a lifetime” to this unique part of the world.
*** This tour is suitable only for the fit and active traveller.